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Project news • 05/14/14Synthetic Biology Still in Uncharted Waters of Public Opinion

In a new set of focus groups convened by the Synthetic Biology Project, participants raised concerns about the specific applications of the emerging technology.

Project news • 04/21/14BioCoder Article Looks at Washington's Growing Interest in DIYbio

In the new issue of BioCoder, Dr. Todd Kuiken of the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the increased attention being paid to DIYbio in the halls of power in Washington, DC.

Project news • 02/03/14Wilson Center Participating in UK Synthetic Biology Initiative

The Synthetic Biology Project is working with the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre in a new effort to encourage the responsible development of synthetic biology in the United Kingdom.

Project news • 11/18/13First-Ever Survey of Do-It-Yourself Biology Community Challenges Myths

A first-ever survey of Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) practitioners by the Synthetic Biology Project finds the community to be far different from fearful and often sensationalist representations in the media.

Project news • 11/18/13 Wilson Center Awarded European Union Grant for Synthetic Biology Work

The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has been awarded a grant to participate in SYNENERGENE, a newly launched consortium of 28 groups supported with €4 million ($5.3 million) to engage in the responsible governance of synthetic biology.

Project news • 10/08/13Company Serves Up Made-to-Order Organisms

In our latest podcast on entrepreneurs in synthetic biology, we speak with Ginkgo BioWorks' Jason Kelly about his firm's focus on the bio-organism market.

Project news • 09/10/13Project Fellow Explores Financial Woes Faced by DIYbio Labs

In a new article, Daniel Grushkin, a fellow with the Synthetic Biology Project, looks at the financial pressures facing the first wave of community labs.

Project news • 08/29/13Nature Article Explores Use of Metaphors in Synthetic Biology

In a new commentary, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the use of language in the laboratory.

Project news • 08/08/13Startup Looks at Synthetic Biology for Mining Applications

In our latest podcast, we talked to Patrick Nee of Universal Bio Mining about the regulations and the use of synthetic biology in the mining indsutry.

Project news • 06/20/13NY Times Op-Ed Explores Fallout from Supreme Court Genetics Case

In a new op-ed, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the implications from the recent Myriad court decision.

Project news • 06/10/13 MIT and Wilson Center Receive NSF Grant to Develop Synthetic Biology Research Agenda

The MIT Center for International Studies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are collaborating on a $233,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help realize potential benefits and address potential ecological effects of synthetic biology.

Project news • 05/22/13Synthetic Biology Utilized in Novel Food Safety Test

In our new podcast, we hear about how synthetic biology is tracking bacteria in food processing.

Project news • 04/30/13 Synthetic Biology Research Community Grows Significantly

A new analysis by the Synthetic Biology Project finds the number of private and public entities conducting research in synthetic biology worldwide grew significantly between 2009 and 2013.

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